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From Auschwitz To Abu Ghraib by Khalida
August 18, 2008, 7:13 am
Filed under: August Volume 1 - 2008, Front Page News, International, World | Tags: , ,

By Mubeen Khaleel, Islamic Post Staff Writer

2003 photograph of unidentified detainee, believed to be held in Afghanistan, who has non-medical facial wiring and sewn lips.

2003 photograph of unidentified detainee, believed to be held in Afghanistan, who has non-medical facial wiring and sewn lips.

Late last month, Associated Press writers Karin Laub and Dalia Nammari, along with contributing writers Ali Daraghmeh, Mohammed Daraghmeh, and Ibrahim Barzak, reported on allegations of torture being perpetrated by two Palestinian rival political groups, Fatah and Hamas, against each other.
The report made no mention of the abuse of Palestinian prisoners by Israeli authorities.
United Against Torture, a coalition –funded by the European Union– of Palestinian, Israeli and international organizations, in their 2007 annual report  made specific mention of Israel’s role in perpetuating torture.
The United Against Torture (UAT) report stated the “most tragic development in the OPT [Occupied Palestinian Territories] is… former Palestinians, who have suffered abuse while in Israeli detention, now in turn perpetrate the same kind of treatment on their fellow Palestinians.
“There are also reports of increased domestic violence, including in families of former detainees ill-treated in Israeli prisons.”
UAT’s list of torture mechanisms used by the Israeli security service reads like a proposed manual for Abu Ghraib: tying up detainees in painful positions for hours or days on end; solitary confinement, confinement in tiny cubicles; beatings, violent “shaking,” deprivation of sleep and food; exposure to cold or heat; verbal, sexual and psychological abuse; threats against the individual or the individual’s family; lack of adequate clothing or hygiene.
The organization insists “These methods have caused irreversible psychological and physical damage,” not to mention death.
Paul Craig Roberts in his work, “Are You Ready to Face the Facts About Israel?,” quoted a 1977 edition of the London Sunday Times, wherein Ralph Schoenman, executive director of the Bertrand Russell Foundation, wrote: “Israeli interrogators routinely ill-treat and torture Arab prisoners. Prisoners are hooded or blindfolded and are hung by their wrists for long periods. Most are struck in the genitals or in other ways sexually abused. Most are sexually assaulted. Others are administered electric shock.”
UAT reports that Israeli security forces interrogated approximately 23,000 Palestinians during the Intifada (1987-1993) alone; and that the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel estimates that “almost all the above detainees suffered from some form of torture during their interrogation.”
It is most unfortunate that Israelis are perpetrating the same tactics which were used on themselves and their forefathers in the holocaust death camps of the Illuminati-inspired Nazis. Israeli security forces are also operating out of Abu Ghraib (as reported in the July Vol. II edition of the Islamic Post).
While the U.S. Supreme Court was standing up for justice, declaring the military tribunals of Guantanamo Bay to be illegal, it was scarcely reported that the Supreme Court of Israel, at about the same time, upheld a controversial law that states, “Unlawful combatants suspected of involvement in terrorism can be held indefinitely; although judicial review of detentions under the law are required every six months.”
This ruling reflects the infringement upon personal rights, and justifies the means for the sake of “limiting acts of terrorism against Israel,” as reported by the University of Pittsburg School of Law legal news site, Jurist.
In the wake of new Israeli legislation allowing the indefinite detention of anyone deemed a security threat, and also the military commissions which persist in the face of the U.S. Supreme Court decision, due process for Muslims worldwide has never been more in question.

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